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TV ratings: Oscars rise, rule Sunday

8 March 2010 9:24 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Fast National ratings for Sunday, March 7, 2010

Ratings for the Oscars look to be up a good amount from last year as ABC dominated Sunday night's Nielsen race.

The fast affiliate numbers -- which will change some when they're adjusted to account for the live Oscar telecast -- have ABC averaging 33.7 million viewers and a 19.2 rating/30 share among households in primetime. The household number is up more than 10 percent over the fast national rating  (16.9/26) from last year's Academy Awards. CBS (6.4 million, 3.9/6) was the best of the rest, followed by Fox (4.3 million, 2.6/4) and NBC (4 million, 2.7/4).

ABC also dominated the adults 18-49 demographic with a 10.2 rating, up from 9.5 in last year's Oscar fast nationals. Fox finished a distant second at 2.0. CBS drew a 1.7 and NBC a 1.2.

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

ABC: "The Barbara Walters Special" (21 million viewers, 12.2/20 households)

CBS: "60 Minutes" (5.58 million, 3.6/6)

NBC: "Dateline" (5.57 million, 3.7/6)

Fox: "'Til Death" - two episodes (2.55 million, »


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Mo'Nique's open relationship

4 March 2010 11:00 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Mo'Nique would not be upset if her husband cheated on her. The 'Precious' actress - who has been married to Sidney Hicks for the past 25 years - claims they have an open relationship which wouldn't be destroyed if he were to have an affair. Speaking on the Oscar night edition of 'The Barbara Walters Special', she said: "Could Sid have sex outside of his marriage with me? Yes. That's not a deal-breaker. That's not something that would make us say, 'pack your things and let's end the marriage.' " The 42-year-old star - who is favourite to win Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars on Sunday night (07.03.10) - said it was because she had been with Sidney so »

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Olympics unbeatable in Canada ratings

25 February 2010 8:06 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Toronto -- Canada may not own the medals podium at the 2010 Vancouver Games, but the country's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium owns the couch.

Through 13 Olympic nights, not even Fox's "American Idol" can match the primetime drama of the Winter Games that continue to dominate Canadian TV screens leading up to the closing ceremony Sunday night.

Ratings gold for the CTV-led consortium providing Games coverage here have instead pushed popular U.S. series such as Fox's "House" and "The Simpsons" and ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and "Desperate Housewives," many in repeat episodes, off their perennial primetime perch, according to Bbm Canada data.

With the Canada-u.S. hockey rivalry looming large in the Olympic coverage, the 10.6 million average total viewers that tuned in Sunday night (Feb. 21) to watch the Americans beat Canada 5-3 in a preliminary round easily trounced "Cleveland" with 627,000 total viewers and "Brothers and Sisters" with 618,000 viewers on Global Television.

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- By Etan Vlessing

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Barbara Walters to end her Oscar Night show

15 February 2010 11:54 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Barbara Walters announced on Monday (Feb. 15) that this will be the last year for her annual Oscar Night edition of "The Barbara Walters Special." That doesn't necessarily sound like a big deal until you realize that "The Barbara Walters Special" has aired on Oscar Night for the past 29 years and that Walters' interviews during that time have included Catherine Zeta Jones, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tom Cruise, Ben Stiller, John Travolta, Mike Meyers, Michael Douglas, George Clooney, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Oprah Winfrey, Shirley MacLaine, Sophia Loren, Anthony Hopkins and Michelle Pfeiffer. Walters made the announcement »

- HitFix Staff

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